Monday, September 29, 2008

SI's kiss of death hits USC in non-cover form

Andy Cripe | Gazette-Times

The real reason USC lost to a middle-of-the-pack Oregon State team Thursday? SI's Phil Taylor, folks.
Last week's conference results make the road to the BCS title game look awfully smooth for the Trojans. It's hard to imagine how USC, which has only one nonconference opponent remaining (Notre Dame), could stumble in the Pac-10, not after the teams presumed to be its main threats -- Arizona State, Oregon and Cal -- looked so vulnerable. Of course, the Trojans should know better than to take the rest of the Pac-10 for granted, particularly after the shocking 24--23 upset that Stanford handed them last year, but the bottom of the conference doesn't seem likely to hit the lottery again this year.
That article, which ran in the Sept. 22 issue of Sports Illustrated, pretty much doomed a Trojans team that has had its problems in Corvallis, Ore.

While the nation's reaction to this upset was complete and utter shock, Pac-10 fans weren't nearly as surprised as USC has struggled the last three years against mid-tier programs.

In 2006, the Trojans lost to the unranked Beavers and then to UCLA in the final regular-season game.

In 2007, the Trojans' hiccup was a one-point loss to Stanford. Fucking Stanford.

And now this latest loss to OSU. While not a huge surprise to us, it's a loss that will mess with USC's National Championship bid unless the Big 12 and SEC powerhouses all manage to lose twice.

And that's assuming, too, that the Trojans win out. But that shouldn't be hard as the Trojans' road to the BCS title game has never been easier. Just ask Sports Illustrated.

3 comments:

GMoney said...

This has nothing to do with the post, but I'm watching the Bengals/Browns suckfest yesterday and CBS pans through the crowd. I shit you not, some guy was wearing an Odell Thurman jersey. Keep reaching for the stars, buddy.

JMC said...

this weekend is further evidence that the traditional ranking system and the ability to be a dominant team are no longer viable in college football. The "bad" teams are able to compete with the "great" teams far more easily than in the past. It's going to be more and more rare to see anyone go undefeated. How many top ten teams lost this week? The best teams in the country are no longer untouchable.

As that trend continues, the BCS system is going to look more and more flawed. With the different formats and strengths of the different conferences, it's getting to be impossible to judge the relative merits of teams without seeing them play one another. Playoffs?!?!

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And now this latest loss to OSU. While not a huge surprise to us, it's a loss that will mess with USC's National Championship bid unless the Big 12 and SEC powerhouses all manage to lose twice.